Jump directly to the content

Obama to Reverse Embryonic Stem-Cell Funding Ban

President Obama plans to overturn Bush-era policy Monday that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research, according to The Washington Post.

His executive order will overturn President Bush's August 2001 order that barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells. Bush also vetoed legislation that would have expanded federal funded research.

Advocates for embryonic stem-cell research say it would allow scientists to find cures for diseases like Parkinson's. Opponents believe that creating them involves the destruction of human life and they argue that using adult stem cells is good alternative.

Rob Stein writes that Congress is also likely to consider legislation that could prevent any future presidents from creating restrictions.

Picture of Da Vinci's study of cells and a fetus courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Related Topics:Politics
Posted:March 6, 2009 at 4:43PM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi
Offering to take 100 lashes each, 7 of 9 USCIRF commissioners 'would rather share in' blogger's punishment than 'watch him being cruelly tortured.'
No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court
Bill de Blasio campaigned on the promise of letting churches rent school space. Now he’s asking the Supreme Court to prohibit it.
Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'
Abedini's 6-year-old son asks President of the United States: 'Please bring daddy home' by March birthday.
Roll Tide and Read Your Bible: Alabama Ranks No. 1 for Scripture Lovers
Southern states dominate annual list of Bible-minded cities.
Christianity Today
Obama to Reverse Embryonic Stem-Cell Funding Ban